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Utah Puck Report

Get all the hockey action on the Utah ice, from high schools, to tier 1 juniors, NCAA and pros. Rockers Gary Michaels and Jay Stevens of 103.5 the Arrow host the Utah Puck Report, bringing you candid interviews with up-and-coming hockey stars, following their journey from Utah into the pros. A former Utah Grizzly, Jay has the inside track and Gary has played and coached the local ice for many moons. Jay and Gary catch you up on all things hockey, gear manufacturers, and which pro scouts are looking at which players.
July 29, 2019

D.J. Jelitto on being a "hometown guy", his time as a Grizzly, and playing in Germany

D.J. Jelitto is in the studio with Jay Stevens to talk about growing up in Utah and playing hockey for the University of Utah until being offered a contract in the OHL for the Sarnia Springs. We also dive into D.J.'s "Welcome to the League" moment...   (01:04:43)
July 23, 2019

Richard Chernomaz on the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, the state of the game now, and his fondest hockey memories

Jay Stevens is joined by Richard Chernomaz via phone to talk about his hockey career beginning in British Columbia, getting drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1981, and moving up from the junior level to pro, We also dive into his time in Salt Lake...   (48:00)
July 17, 2019

Shannon Schmidt on working at the SLC Sports Complex, the Lady Lightning, and his craziest officiating story

Jay Stevens is joined by Shannon Schmidt, the Program Coordinator for the SLC Sports Complex to talk about moving from Maine to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, not participating in travel hockey growing up, and what BYU hockey was like. We...   (47:25)
July 9, 2019

Katie Plyer on playing for Trine University, getting criticism from boys and coaches, and Utah's hockey future

Jay Stevens is joined by Katie Plyer to talk about finding her passion for hockey while in high school, playing for the Utah Lady Grizzlies, and ultimately getting scouted and recruited by Trine University in Indiana. We also dive into Katie's first...   (31:33)
July 2, 2019

Steve Metcalf on trash talk in hockey, learning patience as a referee, and the night Garrett Metcalf got drafted

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels is joined by Steve Metcalf to talk about the moment he fell in love with hockey when he was 9, what hockey was like at the Salt Palace, and Theo  We also dive into what trash talking used to be...   (50:35)
June 21, 2019

Richard "Shakey" Krouse on managing equipment for the Islanders, his love for Utah, and fan reactions towards John Tavares

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Kalamazoo Wings Equipment Manager, Richard "Shakey" Krous to talk about growing up in New York, playing high school hockey, and what it's like being around a cup celebration. We also dive into how he got...   (48:08)
June 10, 2019

Tim Branham, Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/GM, joins the show to talk all things hockey

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by Utah Grizzlies head coach, Tim Branham, to talk about growing up and playing hockey in Wisconsin and how he ended up in Vale, Colorado.  Then we talk about Tim's early years as a...   (48:40)
May 30, 2019

'American Hitmen' drummer, Phil Snyder, and Fife Flyers', Evan Stoflet, join the show

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by 'American Hitmen' drummer, Phil Snyder, and professional hockey player, Evan Stoflet, to discuss all things hockey, what each has been up to, and what summer is going to look like for the both of them. We...   (31:02)
May 24, 2019

Nick O'Cain on finding success in a small market, playing for the UofU, and the benefit of making connections

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens is joined by Nick O'Cain to talk about how the Olympics introduced him to hockey, playing for the junior Grizzlies, and then eventually playing for the University of Utah. As well as, how he learned how to set goals...   (35:03)
May 15, 2019

Greg Leeb on the WHL, playing almost a decade in Germany, and his transition into coaching his boys

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by former professional hockey player, Greg Leeb, to talk about his hockey upbringing, how he feels about committing to college or finding an alternative route to professional hockey, and...   (46:40)
March 13, 2019

Kyra Yu on playing against boys growing up, leaving Utah to pursue hockey, and recapping the Nor'easters season

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Kyra Yu to talk about her earliest memories of hockey, some of her favorite stories about going to camps, and growing up playing against boys in hockey and how they benefited her success. We also talk...   (26:39)
March 5, 2019

Don Korth on coaching hockey in Utah for over four decades, U.S.A hockey and the Korth Rebels Foundation

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Gary Michaels and legendary Utah hockey coach, Don Korth, to talk about his earliest memories of hockey, how he got into coaching and some of his favorite firefighting stories. We also talk about his time...   (48:16)
March 2, 2019

[BONUS] Danny Brière and Riley Armstrong stop by to talk all things hockey

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by former Philadelphia Flyers center and current Vice President of Operations of the Maine Mariners, Danny Briere, and head coach of the Maine Mariners, Riley Armstrong, to talk about their transitions from...   (24:28)
March 1, 2019

Overcoming hardship and taking advantages of opportunities with Sam Brickley

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Gary Michaels and Sam Brickley to talk about how his older brother, Daniel Brickley, has helped influence and motivate him, his earliest memories of hockey, getting cut in St. Louis but becoming an El...   (37:45)
February 26, 2019

The developmental process and design behind hockey sticks with Isaac Garcia of Warrior Sports

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Gary Michaels and Director of Research and Development of hockey sticks for Warrior Sports, Isaac Garcia, to talk about how Warrior completely changed the stick industry, how technology is altering the...   (46:02)
February 15, 2019

Chris Joswiak talks about the growth of 'Brian's' and how the equipment industry has changed

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Gary Michaels and professional rep for Brian's Custom Sports, Chris Joswiak, to talk about Brian's and how the equipment industry has changed. We also go into how branding on social media has been...   (46:45)
January 31, 2019

Chris Schornack on how he became the Head Equipment Manager for the Utah Grizzlies

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Utah Grizzlies' Head Equipment Manager, Chris Schornack, to talk about all things equipment. Chris also talks about growing up in Warren, MI and how he went from college to becoming the Equipment Manager...   (33:17)
January 30, 2019

Ben Meisner and Dr. Dan Freigang address mental health, depression and anxiety in sports

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by FM100.3's Rebecca Cressman and special guests, Ben Meisner, professional hockey player, and Dr. Dan Freigang to talk about all things mental health.  We go over Ben's...   (48:02)
January 23, 2019

Garrett Metcalf on getting drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, playing for the Colorado Rampage, and getting humbled

Utah Puck Report hosts Jay Stevens and Gary Michaels are joined by Garrett Metcalf via the phone to talk about getting drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, the moment he knew he was going to be a goalie, and getting humbled by Jordan Parise. Garrett also...   (43:49)
January 11, 2019

Ben Meisner talks about his recent article for the Players Tribune and overcoming mental health problems

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Ben Meisner to talk about his article for the Players Tribune, "I'm Not Connor McDavid", some of his struggles with mental illness and overcoming those challenges, and how injuries can be more traumatic...   (43:37)
January 4, 2019

Alex Truscott on playing for Niagara and being coached by Ben Wilner

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Alex Truscott to talk about playing for Niagara University, Playing in Utah and transitioning to Colorado, and the importance of finding and playing within your role. Alex breaks down being traded to the...   (42:33)
January 2, 2019

Mason Mannek on playing in the WHL and the Portland Winterhawks

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Mason Mannek to talk about what it's like playing for the Portland Winterhawks, playing for the Utah Junior Grizzlies, and his earliest hockey memories. Mason also breaks down his decision to leave Utah...   (39:53)
December 26, 2018

Alex and Nick Halloran on finding success in college and the state of Utah hockey

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Alex and Nick Halloran to talk about playing college hockey, the benefits of ice time, and the comradery surrounding Utah hockey. Alex breaks down what it was like playing for Air Force, the grueling...   (40:11)
December 18, 2018

A behind-the-scenes look into player management with David Imonti

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by player-agent and Hockey Director for the West Coast Renegades, David Imonti, to talk about how he became an agent, his time playing for Weber State, and how he flipped his first management company on...   (41:58)
December 11, 2018

Daniel Brickley on his college development, the LA Kings, and playing for the national team

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by current defenseman for the Ontario Reign, Daniel Brickley, to talk about his hockey development through the years, his time with the Utah Grizzlies, and when he realized he could play at the next level....   (45:47)
December 5, 2018

Utah Grizzly legend Mike Mole on 'Making the Cut', his love for goaltending, and getting called up to the NHL

Utah Puck Report host Jay Stevens is joined by Utah Grizzly legend and former 'Making the Cut: Last Man Standing' participant, Mike Mole, via phone to talk about the hockey scene in New Brunswick, CA., where his passion for goaltending came from, and...   (34:44)